By Nick Ware

16th Sep, 2021 | 9:10am

Predicted West Brom starting XI v Preston

West Brom will be desperate to return to winning ways when they travel to face Preston North End on Saturday.

Valerien Ismael’s side have recorded successive home draws against Millwall [1-1] and Derby County [0-0], a big disappointment after four straight wins in the Championship before the international break.

They face a tough trip to Lancashire this weekend, however, with the Lilywhites unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.

Injuries and form have seen Ismael shuffle the Albion pack recently, and he could be set to ring the changes again after a lacklustre display against Derby on Tuesday.

The second half offered some encouragement, but the first half was a huge disappointment, leading Ismael to make two substitutes at half-time.

The Frenchman sent Jordan Hugill and Matt Phillips on for Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson, and that could be the changes he makes to the starting line-up for Saturday.

It would represent a first Albion start for Norwich City loanee Hugill, while the woes of £15million [Sky Sports] forward Grant are set to continue.

The 23-year-old has not scored in his last five games.

Grady Diangana, meanwhile, has split opinion after his display against Derby, but we think he did more than enough to keep his place.

The rest of the side is set to stay the same, with Sam Johnstone protected by a five-man defence of Adam Reach, Conor Townsend, Kyle Bartley, Semi Ajayi and Darnell Furlong.

Alex Mowatt and Jake Livermore are likely to continue in central midfield, but Jayson Molumby could earn his debut off the bench later on in proceedings.

It looks to be too soon for Kean Bryan to start, but perhaps he will feature on the bench for the first time.

Here’s how we expect West Brom to line up against Preston on Saturday.

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